BENNINGTON -- A winter storm watch will be in effect for most of Vermont starting Tuesday night and into Thanksgiving Day.

According to the National Weather Service, Bennington can expect rain starting after 1 p.m. Tuesday, which will become heavier overnight. One or two inches of rain is possible, according to the NWS, and the same can be said for Wednesday, except there's a chance of snow that evening.

The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is saying snow and ice could be factors elsewhere in the state, with six inches of snow in some parts and half an inch of ice. This is worrisome because the days before Thanksgiving are the heaviest in terms of travel.

One way to keep an eye on the weather and stay safe is by using the "Vermont Alert" system. By creating an account at www.vtalert.gov, a person can have weather and emergency alerts sent to their computer or mobile device. Officials encourage drivers to have snow tires if they plan on driving in bad weather, and to avoid travel during those times altogether of possible.

Other tips from the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security include:

* Let others know the route you're taking, possible alternate routes you might use, and when you expect to arrive.

* Slow down and give drivers ahead of you some extra distance in case you need to stop.

* Keep in mind that bridges and overpasses freeze before roads, and that a little bit of snow can be quite slippery.

* Keep a "winter emergency car kit" stocked with a cell phone charger, first aid kit, blankets, extra clothes, fire extinguisher, shovel, tire chains/traction mats, tool kit, tow rope, jumper cables, road flares, a brightly colored cloth, windshield brush/scraper, and road maps.

* Keep your gas tank at least half full, and make sure your antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluid is full.

* Give snowplows their space.

* Avoid night travel and bring another person with you.

-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.